Some days I wonder about why I have Bruce Charlton in the regularly read list. He goes down mystic rabbit holes. He over reads some writers. But then he produces this. The idea that our thoughts are our souls, and can be encaptured in the Borg is an idea for a living hell, and doctrine, though important, never saved anyone. Our hearts are desperately wicked and our reasoning poor.
It is Christ who saved, but Christ is Spirit, which the materialists deny.
The matter is interesting because this is an age of Materialism in which the dominant form of evil is ‘Ahrimanic’ – that is, coldly-cruel, materialistic, controlling, bureaucratic; an ‘Antichrist’-type of evil that pretends to ‘good’ (i.e. altruism) and does its work of damnation behind a facade of ‘caring’ (healthism, antiracism, environmentalism, sexual liberation and rights, etc.)
So – Materialism is the dominant ideology in our world – indeed, the only working ideology in public discourse. And Materialism has it that there is no God, no soul, no spiritual, no afterlife, no Beings, no love; the really-real is only that which is perceived by senses and physics, and modelled by mathematical and symbolic abstractions.
Materialism mostly says that death is annihilation. We die and nothing of our ‘self’ is left-behind. But there is another possibility, a ‘loophole’ – not offered to all, but aspired-to by groups with the character of initiates (‘secret societies’, one might call them). I mean the transhumanist project of the abolition of aging and death by technology, of indefinite ‘life extension’ of a material kind.
This high church Atheism does not work. It relies too much on what you are feeling, and on a sense that there is nothing else. But there is. Atheism is driven by the spirit of this age, which being diabolical, enjoys the lie that he does not exist.
And this is not, like the Laundry Files, an entertainment, a fiction. (The One True Religion of the Laundry Files is an occult mathematics with Cthulhu being kept from Britain by the third part of the official secrets act). It is not esoteric, as it is in fiction. Instead, it is plain, it is real.
Like the majority of ordinary British citizens, I used to be a good old-fashioned atheist, secure in my conviction that folks who believed–in angels and demons, supernatural manifestations and demiurges, snake-fondling and babbling in tongues and the world being only a few thousand years old–were all superstitious idiots. It was a conviction encouraged by every crazy news item from the Middle East, every ludicrous White House prayer breakfast on the TV. But then I was recruited by the Laundry, and learned better.
I wish I could go back to the comforting certainties of atheism; it’s so much less unpleasant than the One True Religion.
The Fuller Memorandum. Charles Stross
So when considering the current situation, we look not as much to man as to whom is motivating man. Who is degrading the culture. Who lies and says we are good. The battle, as always, is spiritual.
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
63 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
6 when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
9 But those who seek to destroy my life
shall go down into the depths of the earth;
10 they shall be given over to the power of the sword;
they shall be a portion for jackals.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God;
all who swear by him shall exult,
for the mouths of liars will be stopped.
6 But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you— 7 for this reason, brothers, in all our distress and affliction we have been comforted about you through your faith. 8 For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord. 9 For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, 10 as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?
11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
There are many things we have to give up and unprogram. Much of what we see is lies. To be holy, we have to reject the lies, including the ones we tell ourselves about those unholy habits we cherish. We need to concentrate instead on God. We had a sermon on the need to praise God in worship yesterday. Given that my besetting sin in my old age seems to be wrath not pride or lust or avarice, (Not that I don’t have those. But the most common, daily temptation). I was instead thinking of vengeance. Deus Vult and all that. But God has our nations in his hand — and this time will be one of correction.
We will learn that we don’t need all the things we thought we needed. If we have Christ. Time to compare and contrast. From Spawny:
Perhaps similar to women of today, but more so. So I considered the girlfriends of my friend Joe’s wife. They are in their thirties, not feminine, not capable of doing much, no significant skills related to employment; you get the picture. However, they do think highly of themselves.
Is this enough to get them by? Perhaps so. They all have jobs that pay enough to live (though not well). But they supplement this with being awesome. Be it on Facebook, at night spots, on girl’s night out, etc. How are they awesome? They have the correct positions on all the issues, they take selfies of themselves with various facial expressions, they puff up their boyfriends (who are not really that impressive) on social media, you fill in the blank. Is this enough? I am not sure, but they can do much of this on the cheap; which perhaps is what matters.
So when is self-esteem not enough?
And from Roosh:
Some men tell me, “Roosh, you’re getting old. You really have to hurry up and find a wife. Have you thought about going to Armenia or maybe Ukraine? You can meet a girl in those places.” There is no need. When you have Christ, you have enough. You can live alone in the mountains and go days without talking to another person yet remain content because you can see God everywhere, even in the trees and birds. With Christ comes fulfillment, and anything that can be added to me from this point on would be sent by Him for my salvation. He can send me a faithful woman, a friend who is in need of help, or the ability to make a meal for my neighbor—I accept his gifts without question, and do not lament what I perceive as a lack. If Christ did not give it to me, it cannot be something I should regret not having.
We are not good people. We are instead saved by a God who loves us. Those who cannot see spiritually will work completely by the (lack of) ethics of this world and call themselves wise. They are doomed to destruction. Do not be them. Do not be like them.